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Friday, October 3, 2014

STATE DEPARTMENT AND ERNST & YOUNG FORM OFFICIAL PARTNERSHIP: GOV & BIG BUSINESS JOINING FORCES

U.S. Department of State and Ernst & Young (EY) Announce Partnership in Support of Women Entrepreneurs in the Americas


Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 3, 2014




On Thursday, October 2, the U.S. Department of State announced a new partnership between Ernst & Young (EY), a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, and the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of eDiplomacy at the Department of State. The partnership was sealed by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining a public-private partnership that will directly benefit women entrepreneurs in four Latin American countries as part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas Initiative (WEAmericas).

Under this new partnership, EY will contribute to the long-term impact of four interactive technology workshops called “TechCamps” which the Department will conduct over the next six months. The Bureau of Information Resource Management will manage the WEAmericas TechCamps in partnership with the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA), the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, and U.S. embassies in Colombia, El Salvador, Bolivia, and Argentina. These workshops will enable women entrepreneurs in those countries to make better use of technology to grow their businesses. EY-affiliated firms in each of the four countries will provide up to six months of business advice and mentorship to an entrepreneur selected from among the participants in each of the four events.

WEAmericas was launched by President Obama at the Summit of the Americas in 2012. WEAmericas leverages public-private partnerships to encourage inclusive economic growth in the Western Hemisphere. The initiative reduces barriers and increases opportunities for women entrepreneurs to start and grow small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) by improving: access to markets; access to capital; skills and capacity building; and leadership opportunities.

For more information about TechCamps and the EY Global Partnership, please send an e-mail to TechCamp@state.gov. For more information about WEAmericas, please contact WEAmericasInitiative@state.gov.